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On 13 February 2024, at the Extraordinary Energy Charter Conference, the member countries of the Energy Charter Treaty adopted a Conference Decision designating Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, as the Acting Secretary-General with immediate effect. 

On 15 January 2024, Secretary General Mr Guy Lentz conducted a mission to Amman, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan has assumed the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for the year 2024.

During the visit, the Secretary-General met with H.E. Dr Saleh Al Kharabsheh, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Chairman of the Conference, to discuss the activities for the year 2024.  Minister Al Kharabsheh expressed the intention of the Ministry to coordinate at all levels with the...

On 11 December 2023, the China Electricity Council (CEC) delegation led by Mr. Wang Shuxiang, Vice President of the CEC, and comprised of Mr. Xu Guangbin, Director General of Department of International Cooperation, Mr. Shi Qingzhou, Deputy Director General of Department of Administration Office, Mr. Zhang Tianguang, President of Electricity Power Development Research Institute, and Mr. Lin Guoxin, General Manager of State Grid Xiamen Electric Power Supply Company, visited the Energy Charter...

On 7 December 2023, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the International Dispute Resolution Academy (IDRA), with the support of UNCITRAL and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), organized a hybrid roundtable on the role of peaceful dispute resolution in achieving the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The General Counsel of the Energy Charter Secretariat explained different existing tools that can facilitate the prevention, minimization and management of...

On 4 December 2023, the Energy Charter Secretariat launched the sixth edition of its flagship publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA), in an online event.

The Secretary-General of the International Energy Charter, Mr Guy Lentz, presented the publication to the audience. He informed that the EIRA report represents a one-of-a-kind effort of the International Energy Charter to guide governments in making their legal and regulatory frameworks resilient and increasing their...

On 12 October 2023, H.E. Mr. Aidit Erkin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Head of the Permanent Mission to the European Union, and Mr. Kairat Tursunkulov, the Deputy Chief of Mission, visited the Energy Charter Secretariat and met with the Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Atsuko Hirose.

The Deputy Secretary-General provided updates on the recent developments related to the Energy Charter Treaty.  The parties discussed the future...

Eng. Issa Zahedah, the expert from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, successfully completed his secondment at the Energy Charter Secretariat. 

On behalf of the Secretariat, we express our gratitude to Eng. Zahedah, who will continue to work with the Secretariat from Amman to finalise the In-depth Energy Efficiency Report, and to further the cooperation between the Secretariat and the Hashemite...

On 29 September 2023, the Energy Charter Secretariat received the attached communication from the United Kingdom exercising its right under Article 17 of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) to deny advantages of Part III of the ECT to (i) any legal entity owned or controlled by citizens or nationals of the Russian Federation without substantial business activities in the Area of the Contracting Party in which it is organised, as well as to (ii) Investments of Investors of the Russian Federation who...

On 18 September 2023, the International Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) and the Alliance for Industry Decarbonization (AFID), held a joint roundtable “Strategies & technological solutions for achieving carbon emissions reduction under the -1.5 C° scenario,” organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat as a side event at Climate Week NYC 2023.

This hybrid event, hosted by Eni in New York, USA, was attended in person and online by over 120 participants, including the IAP members,...

The Depositary of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), Portugal, has confirmed the receipt of a written notification of withdrawal from the ECT from the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. The withdrawal shall take effect on 17 June 2024.

According to Article 47(3) of the ECT, all the investments covered by the Treaty at the time the withdrawal takes effect will continue enjoying protection for 20 years from such date.

Apart from earlier announced notifications, the Secretariat is not aware of any other...

The Secretary-General, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Atsuko Hirose, expressed gratitude to three Ukrainian experts for their dedication to the work of the Task Force established within the project “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure,” and congratulated them on the successful completion of secondment programmes at the Energy Charter Secretariat.

From February to July 2023, Ms. Victoria Ruzhenkova, State Expert of Expert Group for European and...

I would like to express my profound regret regarding the draft Council Decisions proposing the withdrawal of the European Union (EU) and EURATOM from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), published by the European Commission on 7 July 2023, and the Commission withdrawing, on the same date,  its previous draft Council Decisions to modernise the ECT.

A solid and reliable legal environment is a prerequisite for mobilising much-needed private sector investments in clean energy sources. In this context,...

At the invitation of the World Bank, Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Atsuko Hirose has been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Bank’s Law Societies’ Compact & Forum for SDG 16.  She will be serving a three-year term from 1 July 2023.

The Compact & Forum is an initiative co-launched by the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency and the Law Society of England and Wales.  It was founded on the common understanding that lawyers should play a role in promoting and ensuring good development...

The Eleventh Ukrainian Energy Sector Damage Assessment report is now available online. The report outlines new and updated information on how the war affected the Ukrainian energy system and covers damages inflicted on all energy sector facilities by the invading Russian military forces since February 24, 2022, and key changes in the Ukrainian energy sector from May 25 to June 24, 2023.

The report was prepared by the Task Force under the project, “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy...

On 1 July 2023, Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Atsuko Hirose participated as a speaker in the Tbilisi Women's International Conference under the theme of "Transformation and Transition," at the invitation of the President of Georgia, Her Excellency Ms. Salome Zourabichvili.  

Ms. Atsuko Hirose took part in the panel "Caspian and Black Sea Connectivity - Energy and Transport Corridors."  She spoke on the Energy Charter Treaty's role in protecting and promoting investments in energy, especially...